God save the Queen… in 3-D?

On September 20th, the CBC will be broadcasting a program in 3-D, but the subject matter is a little… unusual, shall we say?

No explosions, no digital effects, no tall blue aliens from Pandora; this program is called Queen Elizabeth in 3-D and documents her most recent trip to Canada. It includes her review of the Canadian naval fleet in Halifax, her attendance at Canada Day celebrations in Ottawa and the Queen’s Plate in Toronto.

It will also feature archival footage re-mastered in 3-D, including some dating back to 1953 and new footage shot in 3-D at Buckingham Palace.

This whole thing begs the question: why the heck do we need to see the Queen in 3-D so badly? What exactly have we been missing as we’ve watched our monarch in boring ol’ 2-D all these years? Will her dainty wave truly come alive in 3-D? Will Prince Philip’s racist comments somehow jump out at us in 3-D (more than they already tend to do, that is)?

Canada post is getting in on the act, as they will be distributing the amber-and-blue 3-D glasses for the program. Red-and-blue and clear, polarized glasses will not work for this program. Two million pairs of glasses have been made for the program and will be distributed on a first come, first served basis at Canada Post branches. To find out if your post office is a distributing branch, check here.

Queen Elizabeth in 3-D airs Monday, September 20th at 7pm on CBC Television, and at 10pm September 20th and 25th on CBC News Network.